The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time eBook

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7057 He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions He cannot stand to be touched And he detests the color yellowAlthough gifted with a superbly logical brain for fifteen year old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning He lives on patterns rules and a diagram kept in his pocket Then one day a neighbor's dog Wellington is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite logical detective Sherlock Holmes What follows makes for a novel that is funny poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally 2nd Read | October 2018Ok wow it's been 5 years since I read this and I wanted to reread desperately I also heard it was actually problematic with the autism rep and at the time of reading Ihad no idea of anything about autismorrrrr that I was actually autistic myself The things YOU FIND OUT LATER ¯ツ¯ So hello dear reread time to be criticalI still love it I don't think the autism rep is perfect but I don't think it's terrible either I know it's all pitched as asperger's syndrome which isn't a diagnosis any but Christopher actually reads as someone who is a low functioning autistic I don't like saying low vs high functioning but just using that term for sake of being clear It's actually important to not just talk about the autistics who pass in society The sensory overload scenes were intensely right and it talked about some of the lesser discussed symptoms of autism For instance I forget the technical term but struggling to realise people don't thinksee what you do It did go light on the stimming but it was thereMy biggest issues with the rep were 1 the inconsistencies with his skills 2 that Christopher is again the typical whitestraightsort of savant mathematical autism stereotype 😑 and 3 that it pretty clearly leaned towards the oh autistic people don't have empathy which is WRONG We just show it differently But I love that it didn't end up with Christopher getting better or stopping doing anything autistic THANK YOU He is still Christopher and autistic by the endbut it's working on fixing his family situationAnd like it frikkin' sucked how Christopher looked down on the other disabled kids in his classI also sort of found the math parts the wild detours to talk in intricate detail about a road sign really annoying IDK Maybe just me It fit with Christopher I guess but I also felt it was just a stereotypical way of viewing autismANYWAY I still loved Christopher and his anxiety was palpable on page His family is hella messed up and seeing it from his unreliable perspective was cleverly done but also heartbreaking The ending seemed a bit of a random land in a pile of sludge though It felt so anticlimatic But I read this all in one evening and I LOVE reading books fast It's a good book BrentAlthough I admit I'm lowering it to 4 stars from 5 Shhh ·゚✧·゚✧1st Read | July 2013Despite the title being a regular mouthful try saying THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME five times fast this is a seriously good book It doesn’t tell a story – it brings YOU into the story That’s what I look for in a bookChristopher Boone is a mathematical and scientific genius He also has Asperger’s Syndrome which can turn complicated mathematics into simple games but also turn simple things like colours or being touched into complicated horrors What I loved about this book was Christopher Kind of obvious I guess but bear with me We don’t just read Christopher’s world we SEE it I take my hat off to the author because it’s not easy to write a book like this PLUS make the reader empathize with everyone PLUS write an unforgettable story PLUS kill a dog PLUS solve a mysteries PLUS leave it with such an unfinished ending that I am sitting here writing a review and gnashing my teeth from the combination of sheer awesomeness and feelings of unsatisfactory sadness Yes that was a 69 word sentence You’re welcomeI couldn’t put this book down Literally I read it in a few hours flat As the story unraveled I felt sad and happy and worried and sad yes unfeeling reviewer that I am I DO have feelings Proof is here Don’t be fooled The mystery of who killed the neighbour’s dog is only a fraction of the story And the book ends in tears and – but no spoilers The style fits Christopher’s voice to perfection Depending on his feelings the sentences range in length the narrative becomes clear or lumpy and the chapters change degrees of intensity Every couple of chapter the topic seems to run off – on some spree of mathematical genius Yes I confess to being lost on those chapters I confess that a lot of the extra facts and random notes about the scientific thoughts of space didn’t capture me personally But it added to the story It fit It worked It was fabulous And anyone who gets me saying math is amazing and deserves an award I also like the fact it was set in England Just sayin’The book breaks writing rules Being a writer myself I appreciate the rules of “show don’t tell” and “don’t use passive words like ‘was’” This book excuse me for not writing out the title again breaks a LOT of rules Most of it is plain narrative The writing gets passive because of that Do I mind No If you’re going to break the rules do it perfectly and I’ll have no ualms THE CURIOUSyou get the idea broke all the rules and i love it for thatIt’s blunt It’s gritty It’s painful Several times I wanted to bawl into pages but I didn’t because I wouldn’t want to wreck the book It touched my bookish soul Now I know who killed the dog Do you want to know The Prime Reasons Why I Enjoyed Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time2 Death broken down into its molecular importance3 Clouds with chimneys and aerials impressed upon them and their potential as alien space crafts5 Black Days and Yellow cars7 Red food coloring for Indian cuisine11 Christopher's reasons for loving The Hound of the Baskervilles and disdaining Sir Arthur Conan Doyle13 White lies17 The patience of Siobhan19 Father’s frustration and Father's love 23 “I reasoned that”29 Metaphors are lies and similes are not31 The intimacy of fanning out the fingers and pressing the hand of another 37 Christopher punches a policeman and later decides he doesn't like policeman much after all41 My empathy for Father's pain43 Mystification through demystification47 Father admitting one of his “crimes” before he was caught53 Did I mention Christopher 59 A Level Maths61 The London Underground as a scary thrilling adventure67 Toby the rat71 Wellington forked73 The book has yet to be discovered by Oprah79 Behavioral Problems83 Maps89 Prime numbers Prime chapters97 That every day life if seen from a certain perspective can provide the conflict for a compelling novel Coping With ConscienceMy 34 year old daughter is severely autistic and has been since she was seven No one knows why and the condition has never varied in its intensity So she is stuck in time She knows this and vaguely resents it somewhat but gets on with things as best she canEach case of autism is probably uniue My daughter has no facility with numbers or memory but she does with space As far as I can tell any enclosed space appears to her as a kind of filing system which she can decipher almost instantly When she was twelve I brought her into a cavernous Virgin megastore to get a particular CD She had never been in the place before but after standing in the doorway for three or four seconds she walked immediately to the correct aisle and bin and picked out the desired CD without any hesitationI have a theory probably rubbish that autistic people perceive the world as it actually is or precisely within strictly limited categories that might be called ‘natural’ somewhat in the vein of Kantian transcendentals space time numbers etc Most like my daughter and Christopher the protagonist of The Curious Incident have no facility with purely linguistic manipulation metaphor lying irony jokes complex allusion actually fiction of any sort The world is not just literal it exists in a way that ensures words are always subservient to things and without imagination that it could be any other way In my experience autistic people tend to become upset when non autistic people attempt to reverse the priority by making things subservient to words This makes the autistic person confused anxious and often angry They appear resentful that such liberties can be taken with what is so obviously reality In effect the autistic life is devoted to truth as what is actually ‘there’ stripped of all emotional figurative and cultural content This makes autistic people often difficult to live with They insist and they persist about things which appear trivial to others They nag and needle until they obtain recognition In those areas that interest them they are capable of splitting the finest hairs to avoid abandoning their perceptions of the world They may on occasion conform in order to gain a point but they never really give in They are stalwart in being simply themselves Adaptation occurs elsewhere not in themIt is therefore probably impossible for non autistic people to live without tension among autistic people The latter are maddening in the solidity of their selves They are in a sense elemental for all we know formed in the intense energy of a star in some distant galaxy Fortunately the fact that most of us cannot understand their elemental force is not something that worries them very much Their emotional reactions may be intense but these attenuate rapidly leaving little damaging residue Ultimately perhaps autistic people are the conscience of the world And conscience is always troublesome not because it threatens to judge but because it reveals This book I read in a day I was in a Chapters bookstore in Toronto that's like Barnes and Noble to the Americans in the crowd and anyway I was just browsing around trying to kill time When suddenly I saw this nice display of red books with an upturned dog on the cover Attracted as always to bright colours and odd shapes I picked it up It's only about 250 pages or so I read the back cover and was intrigued I flipped through the pages and noticed that it had over One Million chapters I was doubly intrigued So I walked over to the far wall of the bookstore to sit and begin to read a few pages I always do this to ensure that I don't waste what little money I have on a book possessing nothing than a flashy cover I do the same at the cinema if I don't like the first 20 minutes I get a refund Restaurants too if I don't like the first ten bites I walk out on the bill This is a book written by a Child Developmental Psychologist I think that's the right term anyway a doctor who works with mentally or physically challenged youngsters The novel itself is a first person tale written by a high functioning mentally challenged boy in England who wakes up one morning to find his neighbor's dog dead on his lawn The boy's teacher suggests he should write about the incident which he eagerly sets out to do So we have his first novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time He plays Inspector and tries to solve the mystery as Sherlock Holmes would doOf course if he's going to write a book that means he can take control He hates the way other books have chapter numbers that increase seuentially 123 He prefers prime numbers and will number his chapters in seuential primes hence by the end of the book you're reading chapter 123314124 or whatever I ain't no math guy ;Now then he also writes about other things in his life and through his perspective you get some tear jerking moments of true unobstructed humanity the way his parents broke up because of his state how he has all these dreams about being someone great and going to a top college even though you know that his situation will never really allow it Anyway I read this book cover to cover sitting on the floor of that Chapters bookstore By the end of it I was absolutely bawling my eyes out Never cried so much in my life In fact as I type this and think back on that story I'm dripping on my keyboard and I'm at my office However these are tears of joy The boy does it He can do anything It's the most uplifting book I've ever readI highly recommend this book to anyone who feels anything deep down inside

  • Paperback
  • 226 pages
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
  • Mark Haddon
  • English
  • 05 November 2016
  • 9781400032716

About the Author: Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon is a British novelist and poet best known for his 2003 novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time He was educated at Uppingham School and Merton College Oxford where he studied EnglishIn 2003 Haddon won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and in 2004 the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best First Book for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night t

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